Mary Gay Scanlon, the head of Ballard Spahr's pro bono program, is one of many women elected to Congress in November's midterm election. Ms. Scanlon will represent Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District as well as the Seventh District in a special election to complete the term of Representative Patrick Meehan, who resigned in April.

Ms. Scanlon has said that her role in Ballard Spahr's pro bono program is what inspired her to run for Congress. Since joining the firm in 2003, she has overseen more than 500,000 hours of pro bono work at the firm, with cases involving education policy, voter access, discrimination and sentencing for non-violent offenders, and many other matters.

Ms. Scanlon's husband and Ballard Spahr's chair, Mark Stewart, said she is an inspiration to others at the firm and that "serving others is part of her core values."

Both Ms. Scanlon and Mr. Stewart are committed to working closely with Ballard Spahr to avoid conflicts of interest.

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